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3/50.- San Francisco, Golden Gate Bridge

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Synonymous with San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge opened to the public in 1937. Designed by Chicago engineer Joseph Strauss, the 1.2 miles suspension bridge was a world record for 27 years. Connecting the city of San Francisco with the Marin County at 260 feet (80 meters) above water it can withstand winds of more than 200 miles per hour (322 Km). The towers that support the Golden Gate Bridge's suspension cables have a total height of 227 meters; 153 m above the roadway.

Completed after 4 years of construction at a cost of $35 million, The Golden Gate Bridge can be crossed by car, on bicycle or on foot. The automobile traffic is estimated at 100 thousand vehicles daily. The bridge toll for vehicles is $3 collected when entering San Francisco. The design of the bridge is in Art Deco style, and the distinctive orange color is known as International Orange. Here is some natural paint spilt at sunset, which I captured during a mid-December Bay cruise.

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